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2009-10 News Archive

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LL.M. Commencement 2010
Newton, MA--On May 28, 2010, Boston College Law School awarded LL.M. degrees to the members of the LL.M. class of 2010. They are business lawyers from China, Mexico, and Taiwan; a clerk in the Constitutional Court of El Salvador; a children’s rights activist from Hungary; a law professor from India; a prosecutor from Korea; government officials from Mexico; and a doctoral student and teaching fellow from Switzerland.

LL.M. Barbecue
On April 24, 2010, the LL.M.s and some of their J.D. buddies assembled for a pre-exam barbecue at the home of Administrative Assistant Nayla Raffol. Who could have known that there were so many great cooks in the class?

International Legal Studies Colloquium
On April 12, 2010, the LL.M. Program co-sponsored a panel discussion entitled The 21st Century: The China Century? The panel, which was co-sponsored by BC Law’s Asia Pacific American Law Students Association and International Law Society, explored the evolution of the rule of law in China through three different prisms: judicial reform, human rights, and environmental governance. Speakers included Professors Tahirih Lee of Florida State University; Professor Margaret Woo of Northeastern University; and Professor Tsemin Yang of Vermont Law School. BC Law Professsor Brian Quinn moderated the discussion.

Supreme Judicial Court Visit
On April 8, 2010, the LL.M. class observed oral arguments in three murder cases on appeal before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The class then toured the John Adams Courthouse – a visit enriched by the wise commentary of Justice James McHugh of the Massachusetts Court of Appeal.

Law Firm Visit
On March 19, 2010, the LL.M. class visited the Boston office of the law firm Goulston & Storrs. The visit included a wide-ranging discussion of different aspects of the firm’s practice over lunch with several Directors and Associates of the firm.

International Legal Studies Colloquium
On March 16, 2010, the LL.M. Program co-sponsored a presentation by Takashi Kawase, Assistant Judge of Tokyo District Court and Visiting Scholar, Boston College Law School. The presentation, entitled Japanese Justice System Reform: Introducing the Lay-Judge (Saiban-in) System, explored the progress of Japan’s new system of empanelling lay judges in criminal cases. The presentation was co-sponsored by BC Law’s Asia Pacific American Law Students Association and International Law Society.

Federal Court Visit
On March 12, 2010, the LL.M. class visited the John J. Moakley Courthouse in downtown Boston, home of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The class spend the first half of the visit observing trial proceedings in In re Neurontin Marketing, Sales Practices, and Product Liability Litigation, a group of consolidated cases concerning the epilepsy drug Neurontin. The class then met with Judge William Young for a discussion of the work of a federal trial judge.

J.D.-LL.M. Buddy Social
On March 9, 2010, the LL.M.s and their J.D. Buddies assembled for lunch on campus. Laughter, great food  and even better conversation! J.D.-LL.M. Buddy program web page

Mock Interviews
On February 22, 2010, the LL.M. program hosted a mock interview session for LL.M. students in connection with their career planning. Special guests included Sévrine Knuchel, BC Law LL.M. 2009, who is currently an intern at the Consortium on Human Rights, Gender and Security in Boston; and Darren Braham, an Associate in the Boston office of the law firm Ropes & Gray. Mr. Braham is also Co-Chair of the International Law Section of the Boston Bar Association.

International Legal Studies Colloquium 
On February 18, 2010, Sophie Robin-Olivier, Professor of Law at the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, spoke on The Transformations of EU Social Policy: Questions about the Existence and Survival of a "European Social Model." Boston College Law Professor Vlad Perju offered commentary.

Presentations on Comparative Legal Education
On February 17, 2010, LL.M. students Kuo-Shuen Chao (Taiwan), Edit Frenyo (Hungary), Mirjam Frey Haesler (Switzerland), Meng Ji and Fangfei Lin (China), and Rajeev Kadambi (India) presented their respective systems of legal education to an audience of J.D. students and faculty. The event was sponsored by BC Law’s International Law Society. View photos

Holiday celebration
On December 18, 2009, Director Gail Hupper hosted the LL.M.s for dinner at her home. Exams were almost over, everyone had survived, and the holidays were coming!

State Court Visit
On November 19, 2009, the LL.M. class visited the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County. Members of the class observed civil and criminal trials, then discussed their observations with several Superior Court judges over lunch. The visit was hosted by Associate Justice John C. Cratsley of the Superior Court, who is also an adjunct faculty member at BC Law School.

Apple Picking and Apple Cooking
On October 24, 2009, the LL.M.s experienced a classic activity for autumn in New England: apple picking at Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, Massachusetts. Armed with more apples than anyone could ever eat, the expedition moved on to the home of Administrative Assistant Nayla Raffol for a marathon of baking apple pies, apple crisps, apple sauce . . . .

International Legal Studies Colloquium On October 6, 2009, Xiangshun Ding, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Foreign Affairs (U.S. and Japan), School of Law of Renmin University of China, spoke on Legal Education Reform in China, Japan and South Korea.

J.D.-LL.M. Buddy Social
On September 24, 2009, the LL.M.s and their J.D. Buddies assembled for lunch on campus. Great conversation, good laughs, delicious Middle Eastern food! J.D.-LL.M. Buddy program web page

LL.M. class arrives in Newton
The week-long Orientation program for the LL.M. class of 2009-10 began on August 21, 2009. Events included a welcome picnic at the home of Director Gail Hupper, other get-togethers with BC Law students, faculty and staff, tours of the campus and Boston, training in the use of library resources, and the first five class meetings for the course The United States Legal System.